Out in the suburbs you can’t walk more than a few minutes without happening across a big pile of rubbish. I don’t know what it is - but some people have a really rude habit of dumping entire truckloads of waste - say on green grass verges in cul-de-sacs - or round the back of the supermarket - or in a quiet spot on the edge of an industrial estate. Most waste dumped like this happens to be building materials - or bulky household items that someone couldn’t be bothered to take to the municipal waste collection centre. In UK - this practise is known as “fly tipping”. Sometimes - some dodgy firms will come collect your bulky waste for a fee - and then instead of taking to the municipal waste centre - they dump it in quiet place somewhere out of sight - or at night when they cannot be see doing it. At one time - most of London’s fty-tipping menace was caused by such corrupt practises - until the local authorities and police launched a crackdown a few years ago. But it still happens - only this time I think it’s caused by people who cannot be bothered to dispose of stuff properly - rather than those making a profession out of it. For example - plumbers and builders - or family DIYers.
On a smaller scale, instead of a whole pile of waste dumped in a discreet place - you might instead find the occassional unwanted old fridge, or broken cooker, or old and broken TV - just dumped in the middle of a pavement in a street. In plain view of passers by. Looking somewhat lonely. Wishing to be taken away. Sometimes - such items will sit there for days on end - and then they will suddenly be gone. I always wonder what happens to them. Strictly speaking the council street cleansing department will only collect waste from the premises of private properties - perhaps another council department looks after the collection of “stray” items like this?
I have stepped around the above TV for a few days now. I wonder when it will be gone - and I wonder who willl take it away.Posted by jag at May 31, 2004 03:11 PM